Peavey Vypyr 30
Peavey Vypyr 30
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King Loudness 08/13/2011

Peavey Vypyr 30 : King Loudness's user review

« For practice or small jams »

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The Peavey Vypyr 30 is the second smallest amp in the recent line of Vypyr amps. It is packed chalk FULL of cool features that kids today are ridiculously lucky to have in a $100 amp. It features 11 amp models with 2 channels each, several different effects spread out over 2 different effects blocks, a separate delay and reverb section, and the ability to dial in tones from Fender clean to Diezel or Mesa grind all at the twist of a few knobs. It's a solid state 30 watt amp with an equally small speaker, and two extra 1/8" jacks, one for aux. in, and the other for headphones


Fortunately for new users, the interface for the Vypyrs is extremely easy to understand right from the get-go. Peavey has laid everything out like a typical amp/effects setup, with your stomp box effects first, preamp factors(amp sounds) next. Other effects follow that and then adjusting power amp factors (bass, midrange, treble) and then finally a master volume to control exactly how loud your preset is. It's very easy to get to know and once you dial it in it's easy to lose yourself in hours upon hours of fun with this great practice tool.


This amp is great for many different sounds from clean to high gain. While it lacks the general tube feel of the high dollar amps it's emulating, I really can't expect much better tone out of a $100 practice amp. It covers a wide variety of different tones and sounds great at all them. Some of the high gain sounds a bit compressed for my liking but for a beginner I'm sure it is just cool to have so many flavours of distortion tone available, plus all the cool effects built right in. I really like some of the low to mid gain sounds like the AC30 and Badcat with the gain turned right up as it gives a more natural tube like sound than the higher gain Mesa/Diezel/Krank models do. This is especially true of the smaller 15w and 30w version with their tiny little speakers, but I'd say it's true of the whole series, even the tube ones.


All in all I think the Peavey Vypyr 30 is a FANTASTIC bargain for the $250 new that they cost. It's really quite mind boggling to think that such a small and inexpensive amp can sound this good with a wide variety of sound emulators. It's definitely my go-to recommendation for a small practice amp as there is simple no better bang for your buck than the Peavey Vypyr series.